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The Music Therapy Program at kidsLINK

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is proven to enhance emotional and mental wellness and is a vibrant part of the interdisciplinary team at kidsLINK .

Music therapy is a process where kids participate in musical experiences with a trained music therapist to help achieve their treatment goals.  No previous musical experience is necessary.  Kids who are referred to the program participate in individual or group sessions.



How Kids Benefit

Sometimes words can’t quite express what kids want to say.  Music therapy can be especially helpful for kids who have experienced trauma – kids can process their experience in a safe environment through sound, imagination, and musical interaction.

The table below outlines examples of how kids at kidsLINK can benefit from music therapy depending on their treatment goals.

Area of Need

Music Therapy Intervention


Symptoms of Depression
  • Singing
  • Songwriting
  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Encourage self-expression
  • Feeling of being listened to and respected
Symptoms of Anxiety
  • Relaxation to music


  • Focus on breathing exercises and positive visualizations
  • Learning to play an instrument
  • Pride in a successful accomplishment
Ability to Focus
  • Cued instrument playing
  • Music is engaging enough to maintain focus and attention
Communication Skills
  • Call and response playing


  • Music allows for communication without needing words
Anger Management
  • Referential instrumental improvisation
  • Express anger in a controlled environment
  • Experience a return to peace from a place of anger
Respecting Others
  • Group Drumming
  • Listen to each person’s rhythm
  • Working together to achieve a common goal

Community Involvement

The Music Therapy Program at kidsLINK aims to foster involvement with the musical community to provide further opportunities for our kids.   We are connected to Wilfrid Laurier University through music therapy student placements allowing kids access to more service.  We are also connected to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony through their “Music in the Classroom” and “HeartStrings” programs, allowing kids the opportunities to attend live musical events.


The Music Therapy Program at kidsLINK is entirely reliant on outside funding.  We offer many heartfelt thanks to our donors for continuing to make this service accessible to our kids.

Current Donors

Long and McQuade Musical Instruments
Notre Dame (Burlington) Foundation Inc.

Past Donors

Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation

If you are interested in making a charitable donation to the Music Therapy Program at kidsLINK, please go to our kidsLINK Shop or email us directly